Migration, Europe, and the question of political and economic sovereignty in Africa

Cross, Hannah 2023. Migration, Europe, and the question of political and economic sovereignty in Africa. Review of African Political Economy. 49 (174), pp. 601-610. https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2022.2176095

TitleMigration, Europe, and the question of political and economic sovereignty in Africa
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCross, Hannah
Abstract

This debate piece argues for the importance of labour
internationalism and anti-imperialism in the anti-racist defence of migrants. A focus on the Sahel region shows some of the ways that core European states militarily, economically and politically undermine countries’ potential for self-determination. Border regimes, their modes of accumulation and selective labour policies expand militarism, social division and inequality between and within the regions. Challenges to these processes of global apartheid require attention to the national question and rejection of European imperialism, as indicated in recent pan-African calls for independence and popular sovereignty. This materialist analysis of migration in capitalism presents a basis for demanding equality of movement and the freedom and equality of societies facing capitalism-induced displacement.

KeywordsMigration; borders; antiimperialism; militarism; Sahel; popular sovereignty
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Journal citation49 (174), pp. 601-610
ISSN0305-6244
1740-1720
Year2023
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2022.2176095
Publication dates
Published online13 Mar 2023

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